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Long‐term coevolution between avian brood parasites and their hosts
- M. Soler
- Biology, MedicineBiological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical…
- 1 August 2014
A model suggests that as an increasing number of species acquire successful resistance, other unparasitized host species become more profitable and their parasitism rate and the costs imposed by brood parasitism at the population level will increase, selecting for the evolution of host defences.
Relationships between the Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius and Its Corvid Hosts in a Recently Colonized Area
- M. Soler
- 1 September 1990
Nest building, sexual selection and parental investment
The ‘good parent’ process is tested in a scenario where nest size is a sexually selected trait and it is predicted that individuals with more extreme displays (larger nests) might obtain benefits in terms of either parental investment or differential parental investment by the partner.
Trade-off between immunocompetence and growth in magpies: an experimental study
- J. Soler, L. Neve, T. Pérez-Contreras, M. Soler, G. Sorci
- Biology, MedicineProceedings of the Royal Society of London…
- 7 February 2003
Surprisingly, it is found that control and experimental nestlings fledged with similar body mass, size and condition, but experimental Nestlings suffered less from blood parasites and had fewer lymphocytes than control nestlings, suggesting a negative effect of blood parasites or other pathogens on nestling growth.
Does the great spotted cuckoo choose magpie hosts according to their parenting ability?
- J. Soler, M. Soler, A. Møller, Juan G. Martínez
- BiologyBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
- 1 March 1995
The probability of survival of the parasite chicks increased if cuckoo eggs were laid in the nests of high-quality hosts originally chosen by the parasite.
Food acquisition by common cuckoo chicks in rufous bush robin nests and the advantage of eviction behaviour
- D. Martín-Gálvez, M. Soler, J. Soler, M. Martín-Vivaldi, J. J. Palomino
- BiologyAnimal Behaviour
- 1 December 2005
It is suggested that cuckoo chicks could not outcompete host chicks, at least when parasitizing this host species, and thus that their eviction behaviour is beneficial.
GENETIC AND GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION IN REJECTION BEHAVIOR OF CUCKOO EGGS BY EUROPEAN MAGPIE POPULATIONS: AN EXPERIMENTAL TEST OF REJECTER‐GENE FLOW
- J. Soler, Juan G. Martínez, M. Soler, A. Møller
- Biology, MedicineEvolution; international journal of organic…
- 1 June 1999
Differences in rejection rates of mimetic and nonmimetic model eggs that suggest the egg‐recognition ability of the host is genetically based, but is affected by a learning process for fine tuning of recognition are discussed.
Spatial patterns of egg laying and multiple parasitism in a brood parasite: a non-territorial system in the great spotted cuckoo (Clamator glandarius)
It is argued that the need for very large laying areas and the likely small cost of sharing parental care for chicks make the costs of defending territories higher than the benefits, which has constrained the evolution of territoriality in this species.
The function of stone carrying in the black wheatear, Oenanthe leucura
Stone carrying in the black wheatear can be considered a post-mating but prenesting sexual display which allows adjustment of reproductive effort by females to the parental and/or phenotypic quality of partners.
Breeding Strategy and Begging Intensity: Influences on Food Delivery by Parents and Host Selection by Parasitic Cuckoos
- M. Soler
In species with brood reduction (brood-reducers) some nestlings starve, but in species that adjust clutch size (clutch-size adjusters) all nestlings typically survive to fledge, suggesting that parents adopting these strategies may follow different provisioning rules.